Electric show closes out memorable 24th World Scout Jamboree
2 August 2019, Glen Jean, West Virginia - The 24th World Scout Jamboree came to close during an energetic show last night, marking 12 days of cultural exchange, skills building and memories for some 45,000 young people that gathered from over 150 countries to participate in the global event.
The ceremony kicked off with a marching band from the 3rd US Infantry Regiment (Old Guards), representing USA as one of the Jamboree’s co-hosting countries. Ahmad Alhendawi, Secretary General of the World Organization of the Scout Movement, then took to the stage to share an inspiring message of encouragement and motivation for young people to be agents of change in their communities back home.
“This Jamboree gathering is a beautiful reminder of how Scouting celebrates diversity and unity - a truly global city that is a perfect example of how the world out there should be,” said Ahmad. “Now more than ever we need young people to stand up and take action around the challenges facing our communities and planet. To promote human rights and act against injustice, to tackle climate change and promote gender equality, and to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.”
Ahmad thanked the Scouts of USA, Mexico and Canada, along with the local authorities, global partners and over 8,000 International Service Team volunteers for making the World Scout Jamboree a success. Together Scouts and volunteers from around the world built a city founded on unity and understanding, ensuring an unforgettable experience of international celebration.
Mr. Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary-General of the UN from 2007 - 2016 and Co-chairperson of the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens, also made a special appearance to highlight the vital role that 50 million Scouts can play in the future of the planet.
“Global citizens are those who identify themselves not as a member of a nation, but instead as a member of humanity. They are understanding and tolerant of other people and cultures. They fight for the protection of our planet. They are committed to service and helping others,” said Ban Ki-moon addressing the thousands of young people in the crowd.
An on-stage ceremony passed the Jamboree flag to the Korea Scout Association who will host the 25th World Scout Jamboree to be held in Sae Man Geum, Chollabukdo, Republic of Korea in 2023.
Live performances from popular musicians like Pentatonix had Scouts singing and dancing amidst a sensational atmosphere that included high-tech NOVUS wristbands which lit up during various moments during the show. The wearable technology given to every Scout, leader and volunteer at Jamboree allowed participants to connect with new friends, collect activity points, earn digital badges and explore new adventures across the campsite.
The closing ceremonies culminated in a magnificent fireworks, pyrotechnics and laser light show that showered the AT&T Summit Stadium and the skies of West Virginia.
Over the past two weeks Scouts from around the world camped, dined and embarked on an exciting adventure together, engraving memories and international friendships that will last a lifetime. The 24th World Scout Jamboree was the largest event ever hosted at the Summit Bechtel Reserve with record breaking participation in activities such as rock climbing, zip-lining and whitewater rafting.